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together. it does make us better. it makes us stronger. it makes the government work better. which is why benjamin franklin, in his own words, said in the beginning, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room. our prayers were heard. there were graciously answered. janice and i and our other colleagues have seen the prayers answered. it is what brings us together. thank you for joining with us today. [applause] >> thank you, and good morning, mr. president, madam first lady, mr. vice-president, senators, distinguished guests. i am so delighted to be here this morning with all of you. it is such an honor to co-chair the house congressional prayer breakfast with my friends and colleagues, especially congressman at louie gohmert. this is the only chairmanship speaker boehner cannot remove him from for bad behavior. [laughter] only god can do that. [laughter] today's breakfast offers an opportunity for us to set aside political labels and come together to be inspired and pray for the critical issues that are facing our nation and the world. i was elected to congress in
will make a more expensive system less expensive one really all it does is clean up the government books but aggravates the macroeconomic problem. for problem i get that. but our problem coming back is that we cannot release for what will be the end result of changing the entire payment system, for example. and paying for performance rather than procedure which i think has to be done. all these things that have to be done are not necessarily -- [applause] >> i do not know how you are going to do this, but i think that this will be very important. the lumbering underneath the reader economics issue is the health care issue that i think there are plenty of people in this caucus who are knowledgeable enough and careful enough and creative enough to figure out what to do about it. let me mention two other things. i believe that you will get immigration reform for all the reasons everyone has p oitned out. i would be as for gleaning as i could on this issue for any number of reasons. i read a piece the other day that says there is now a standing annual demand for 120,000 workers with computer
. the department of justice is working to create incentives and provide assistance to state governments, prime contribute is too deep background check system, to ensure that they put all relevant health records into the system. even if we find a way to get every record in, our effort to prevent criminals from getting guns is hampered by current holds in the background check system. violent criminals often seek out sellers, whether at gun shows, the internet, with the yellow pages, who are not licensed dealers and not required to run the background check. extending the background check requirement to all commercial transactions, absent limited exceptions, is our best opportunity to keep firearms out of dangerous hands and keep our children and communities say. we worked closely with state prosecutors, local law enforcement officials, to determine if a particular gun case or gun offender should be charged in federal or state court. when cases come to us, we use federal firearms statutes to prosecute prohibited persons who possess firearms, people who are prevented from obtaining a firearm due to
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